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Oct 30
Course Selection Guide for 2019-2020
Oct 24
Cary-Grove Student Featured on WGN Radio

​Emily Mohr, a senior at Cary-Grove High School, was featured this week on WGN Radio. Emily was Steve Cochran's "Kid of the Week" and talked live on-air with the radio hosts.

"I’m really glad that I was given the opportunity to experience this. It was great to be able to talk about all of the clubs, groups, and church organizations that I’m passionate about," said Emily Mohr, Cary-Grove senior.

She was nominated by a family member to be the "Kid of the Week.​Emily spoke with the hosts about her life at Cary-Grove, her volunteer work in the community, and her future plans. ​

Emily is a part of Cary-Grove's Buddy Program, Interact Club, Cross Country, and Student Council. In the community, Emily volunteers at St. Peter and Paul​ Church in Cary as a religious education teacher and is leader in a group youth retreat program. She is currently deciding what university to attend next year, but her top choices are Bradley University and St. Ambrose University​​. She plans to study Elementary Education and Special Education. 

You can listen to the radio clip of Emily by clicking here

*Clip courtsey of WGN Radio*

Oct 22
D155 Culinary Program Offers Certifications and College Credit

District 155 students are one step ahead of their peers gaining valuable certifications and college credit in the Culinary Arts program at Crystal Lake South High School. The program offers students the opportunity to earn two certifications, the Food Handler Certification and Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification, which gives students the advantage when applying for jobs.

Last year, 134 students earned the Food Handler’s Certification, and five earned the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification. In addition to earning certifications students can earn college credit. Five students received dual credit through McHenry County College (MCC).

Culinary Arts I & II Commercial were offered during the 2017-18 school year and focus on nutrition and food preparation including food service and meal management. This school year, students have the option to enroll in Advanced Culinary Commercial. Students cook regional and ethnic dishes, gourmet desserts, cater, and have experience with a mock-restaurant. These courses will provide valuable insight, skills, and knowledge for students.

South’s commercial kitchen is a state-of-the-art facility featuring six food preparation stations, a classroom that also serves as a dining room, a dry storage room, a walk-in cooler, and a wash and storage area.

The culinary program at South continues to grow, enrollment is up in the culinary arts commercial classes by nearly 30 students for the 2018-19 school year. Students district-wide are eligible to enroll and travel to Crystal Lake South for these classes. Seven students will travel from other D155 schools to Crystal Lake South during the 2018-19 school year. ​

Oct 17
Thirteen D155 Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

​​The National Merit® Scholarship Program named thirteen District 155 seniors as 2019 National Merit® Semifinalists.

Dominik Bogcaz- Crystal Lake South

Scott Campbell- Crystal Lake South

Oscar Cortes- Cary-Grove

Aditya Khandeshi- Crystal Lake Central

Daniel Minogue- Crystal Lake South

Joshua Moore- Crystal Lake Central

Casey Mutka- Crystal Lake South

Trevor O’Connor- Crystal Lake South

Arden Podpora- Crystal Lake Central

Matthew Reall- Crystal Lake South

Ross Relic- Prairie Ridge

Akash Sureshkumar-Prairie Ridge

Dominik Bogcaz is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is on the student council executive board, president of National Honor Society and is the founder and president of the Crystal Lake South pre-medical society. He is also part of the math team. Dominik hopes to attend the University of Michigan, New York University or the University of Washington to study neuroscience. Dominik volunteers through NHS, Kiwanis Key Club, and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

Scott Campbell is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is the Gator Nation Leader for the Crystal Lake South hockey club and participates in track and field in the spring. Scott plans to study either biomedical engineering or cinematography. Scott has volunteered for Immanuel Lutheran Middle School and CLS aevidum.

Oscar Cortes is a senior at Cary-Grove High School. He is involved in math team, science olympiad, and WYSE. Oscar plans to attend a four-year-college after graduation, with his top choices being Stanford University, MIT, and Harvard University. He plans on studying physics with a possible minor in math.

Aditya Khandeshi is a senior at Central Lake Central High School. He is involved in science olympiad, math team, WYSE, scholastic bowl, and the VEX robotics team. He is currently exploring what college he will attend and what subject he will study.

Daniel Minogue is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is involved in math team, WYSE and the tennis team. Daniel wants to receive his doctorate in physics and work at a privatized tech company or conduct research at a university or work at CERN. Daniel volunteers at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Helping Paws, and Feed My Starving Children.

Joshua Moore is a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School. He is involved in symphonic band, marching band, the VEX Robotics Club, WYSE, and the computer club. He also performs with the McHenry County Youth Orchestra and the Crystal Lake Community Band. Joshua is considering a variety of colleges with the hope to study computer science.

Casey Mutka is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. Casey is involved in variety of extracurricular activities, most notably, the Crystal Lake South Gender and Sexuality Alliance and marching band. After graduation, Casey plans to attend college and become a licensed high school history and/or psychology teacher. Casey participates in a number of volunteer opportunities, from giving out rainbow bracelets at lunch with GSA, to traveling to Denver to learn about homelessness with a youth group.

Trevor O’Connor is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He helped launch the bass fishing club during his freshman year with the help of Mr. Wolke and Mr. Nobilio. In addition, he is a part of the tennis team, National Honor Society, intramural basketball, and science olympiad. Trevor plans to attend the University of Alabama, and hopes to complete a dual-degree program and receive both an MBA and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Trevor is an AVID tutor and sometimes volunteers his time at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

Arden Podpora is a senior at Crystal Lake Central. She is a part of the golf team and is involved in scholastic bowl, National Honor Society, WYSE, and is on the leadership board for Interact Club. Arden plans on attending a four-year-university after graduation and wants to study economics, and pursue a career in actuarial or data science. Arden volunteers through the clubs with school and on her own. Her passion is supporting environmental projects such as clean-up days and seed collection with the local conservation district. Over the course of her high school career she has logged over 100 volunteer hours.

Matthew Reall is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is involved in basketball, track, National Honor Society, the gator link crew executive board, an AVID tutor and a member of Spanish Club. Matthew plans to attend a four-year-college where he will study Biology. He is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America and does volunteer work for Home of the Sparrow.

Ross Relic is a senior at Prairie Ridge High School. He is involved in theatre, madrigal choir, speech, ILMEA for choir, and math team. Ross plans to attend college to study physics, and plans to receive his PhD. During his free time, Ross tutors others in mathematics and science.

Akash Sureshkumar is a senior at Prairie Ridge High School. He is involved in math team, science olympiad, scholastic bowl, WYSE, National Honor Society and is the co-president of German National Honor Society. After graduation, Akash would like to attend John Hopkins University and study cellular biology and computer science. Akash volunteers through NHS and also offers his free time at Goodwill.

High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The exam serves as an initial screening of about 1.6 million students each year.  The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring students in each state.

Students will find out if they have advanced to Finalist standing in February. Beginning in April, National Merit Scholarship winners will be awarded.

***One student’s name was withheld due to media permission.***​

Oct 04
Two District 155 Students Earn Perfect Scores on ACT

​​Daisy Kucharski, a Prairie Ridge High School junior, and Aditya Khandeshi, a Crystal Lake Central senior, both earned perfect scores on the ACT the first time they took it. The students learned about the rare accomplishment over the summer.

“The scores come out at midnight, so I stayed up with my mom to get my scores right away,” said Daisy Kucharski, Prairie Ridge High School junior.

Daisy earned a 36 the first time she took an official administered ACT, she prepared by taking almost every practice test that was available to her.D.kucharski.jpg

“I already started out with a high score on my first practice test, so I just did a practice test every Saturday and drilled any concepts that I didn't understand from the test throughout the week,” said Kucharski.

Kucharski is taking four Advanced Placement® classes along with an honors class this school year. She is also in acappella, beginning treble choir, math team, scholastic bowl, and this year she is joining set crew and Science Olympiad.

Aditya Khandeshi, a Crystal Lake Central senior, also scored a 36 on his first administered ACT. The senior says he developed a strategy while preparing for the exam. A.Khandeshi.jpg

“I tried to work on spots that I felt like was lacking in by looking at a ton of different practice tests and questions to get exposure to the different things I could be asked on the test,” said Aditya Khandeshi, Crystal Lake Central High School senior.

Only around one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score.

“It's a very gratifying feeling to see your hard work pay off in the way you wanted it to, and to be able to prove to yourself that you can do what you put your mind up to,” said Khandeshi.

Aditya has a busy senior year. He is involved in Science Olympiad, math team, WYSE team, scholastic bowl, and the vex robotics team at Crystal Lake Central. He is currently exploring what college he will attend and what subject he will study.

Daisy will take the SAT in October. As for her future plans, she is interested in the STEM field, but is still open to other career paths. ​

Sep 24
Cary-Grove’s New CNC Manufacturing Lab Offers Career Pathways

Cary-Grove High School’s CNC Precision Machining and Manufacturing Lab will teach students how to prepare for potential careers in manufacturing and engineering. Students will gain experience with a variety of machines including a computer numerical control (CNC) mill, CNC lathe, CNC router, 3D printing, laser cutter and plasma cutter.

Sixty-one students are enrolled in the CNC class for the ​​2018-2019 school year and will learn how to code and operate machines. Students will have the opportunity to test for NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials. The class is open to sophomore, juniors and seniors. At the end of the course, students may have the opportunity to begin a career in the manufacturing industry.

“I feel like it will be a good career for me because it is all hands-on work, and I like to work with my hands,” said Hoscar Angeles, Cary-Grove senior.

Community partners and donations turned the vision of the lab into a reality.

“We started with a Tormach mill and then developed a vision, could we get more of these machines in one spot,” said Michael Manning, industry and careers division lead at Cary-Grove.

Swiss Automation donated a CNC Swiss lathe machine and funds to remodel the classroom. The Cary-Grove Rotary Club, TMA, and the McHenry County Cooperative for Employment Education also donated machines.

Cary-Grove hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 18 to showcase the lab and demonstrate how the machines work to the public and to thank community and business partners.


Sep 01
D155 Strategic Plan
District 155 initiated its strategic planning process with the support of its Board of Education on August 23. D155 recognizes the benefit of seeking insights from a variety of stakeholders, and views the strategic planning process as an opportunity for stakeholders in the 10 communities the district serves to voice their opinions and provide the district with constructive feedback.

The strategic planning process or “Pathway to Success” will allow the district to discover its current state and provide direction for the future. The strategic plan will be a shared vision for all district stakeholders and will provide the blueprint for the district’s mission, vision, and values. This process will help the district develop the corresponding action plan to establish the necessary goals to achieve this mission.

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) will facilitate the strategic planning process. CEC provides schools, unions, and districts with a systemic, collaborative approach by identifying their unique challenges and assists in building a district’s internal capacity for continual improvement. They have worked with more than 80 districts in Illinois including Crystal Lake Elementary District 47.

A diverse group comprised of 50 students, staff, parents, community members, and district leaders will serve on the strategic planning team. They will meet five times to discuss survey results, data, and their visionary aspirations. A list of names of those who have agreed to be part of the team are published on the district’s website.

The most valuable piece of this process will be feedback from stakeholders. More than 5,000 students, staff, parents, and community members responded to the first survey. Those results will guide the strategic planning team throughout the process. Survey results are posted on here.

The district will host four community engagement sessions on October 4, October 9, October 17, and October 18. These sessions will be open to the public and there will be guided activities to assess progress and comment on the direction the team is headed. The district will begin promoting these community engagement sessions once details are finalized.

Information from each team meeting will be shared on the strategic planning webpage, Together we will shape the future of education in our community.

Aug 31
D155 Seeking Parent & Community Feedback during Engagement Sessions

Community High School District 155 will host four Engagement Sessions as part of the district’s strategic planning process in October. Parents and the community are encouraged to attend any of the following sessions:

Cary-Grove: October 4 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake Central: October 9 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake South & Haber Oaks: October 17 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Prairie Ridge: October 18 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Engagement Sessions will be an opportunity for stakeholders to hear about district data, and offer feedback on D155’s draft S.W.O.T. analysis.

More than 5,100 students, staff, parents, and community members completed a district survey at the beginning of the school year. The district’s 50-member strategic planning team analyzed the results during the data retreat on September 12 to draft a S.W.O.T. analysis to identify District 155’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

For more information about the district’s strategic planning process and to view survey results, presentations, and documents, visit​​

Aug 27
District 155 Class of 2018

Ninety percent of graduates in the class of 2018 will continue their studies at four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. Over 60 percent of students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities. The class of 2018 will continue its studies at post-secondary institutions in 42 of the 50 states. Two students plan to continue their education internationally in Scotland and Germany.

McHenry County College, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign are the top three schools the class of 2018 will attend this fall. Students are most interested in studying health/non-medical science, business and engineering. Forty-one students plan to serve in the armed forces.

Ninety percent of students say their experiences in school allowed them to learn more about themselves and their personal aspirations.

“We are focused on the student experience and by offering our students a chance to explore a variety of classes and extracurriculars, our students are finding their passions. They are prepared to succeed beyond high school, and we are so proud of them,” said Steve Olson, superintendent.

Eighty-nine percent of the class of 2018 participated in at least one extracurricular activity.

  • 34% - Arts

  • 43% - Academic

  • 64% - Athletics

Sixty-six percent participated in volunteer/community service project not sponsored at school. There were 1,529 graduates in the class of 2018.

Community High School District 155 has conducted a uniform, district-wide senior survey for the last 11 years.


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Aug 26
District 155 Board Approves Sale of Haber Oaks Campus

The Board of Education approved a resolution authorizing the sale of Haber Oaks Campus August 21. The property is located at 400 Haber Road in Cary.  

The main building is approximately 13,000 square feet and sits on nearly three acres of land, which also includes a storage facility. The main building is fully air conditioned and has 35 parking spaces available. The public can access additional information including floor plans, site images, a virtual tour, and more at

D155 will host two open houses for potential buyers and bidders on September 10 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and September 17 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Interested parties can also request a private showing by appointment via email at or call the district office at (815) 893-5472.

District 155 will begin accepting bids on September 5. The board approved a minimum acceptable bid amount of $700,000. The district will publicly open bids on October 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the District Office, 1 S. Virginia Road in Crystal Lake.

Haber Oaks Campus was relocated to Crystal Lake South High School prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

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